Joshua Hershman

Originally from Colorado, Joshua Hershman was born in 1981 and first began working with glass at the age of 17. In 2004, he graduated from the prominent Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. In 2008, he went on to earn a BFA with Distinction from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. Most recently, he was invited to attend the Master’s program at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, in the Sculptural/Dimensional Studies program. He graduated from this program in May 2016.

With a background in craft and design, Hershman uses his dynamic range of skills including flameworking, glass blowing, coldworking, and casting to create highly detailed, innovative, and thought provoking sculpture.
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Joshua Hershman

Joshua Hershman Biography

Education

2014-16                MFA, Alfred University, School of Art and Design, Alfred, NY

2005-07                BFA with Distinction, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2001-03                Diploma with Distinction, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017                       Residency Exhibition. Southern Illinois University, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, IL

2016                       MFA Thesis Exhibition, Penumbra, Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

2012                       Photocentric, JGK Gallery, Rochester, NY

2009                       Day Residue, Pismo Fine Art, Denver, CO

2008                       Day Residue, North Gallery, Oakland, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018                       Young Glass, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK

2018                       Young Glass, The Glass Factory, Sweden

2017                       Young Glass, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark

2017                       SOFA Chicago, Bender Gallery, Ashville, NC

2017                       Transparency, an LGBTQ Exhibition, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2016                       SOFA Chicago, Bender Gallery, Ashville, NC

2016                       44th International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2016                       Art Palm Beach, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Palm Beach, FL

2015                       SOFA Chicago, AiBo Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015                       GlassWeekend’15 at WheatonArts, Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Millville, NJ

2015                       43rd International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2015                       The Affordable Art Fair, AiBo Gallery. NY, NY

2015                       Art Palm Beach, AiBo Gallery, Palm beach, FL

2015                       The Next: A Studio Glass Movement Continuum, Tower Fine Art, Brockport, NY

2014                       SOFA Chicago, AiBo Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014                       The Armory Show, AiBo Gallery, NY, NY

2014                       ArtHamptons, AiBo Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2013                       Pilchuck On Display, Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

2012                       CCA Glass Program Alumni Exhibition, Oliver Center, Oakland, CA

2012                       SOFA Chicago, Pismo Fine Art, Chicago, IL

2012                       2012 Glass Weekend, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2010                       e-merge 2010, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR

2009                       Residents Exhibition, Quatre Bras Gallery, Lybster, Scotland

2009                       In Camera, Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008                       International Student Exhibit, Museum o¬f Craft, Portland, OR

2008                       New Visions, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

2008                       30 under 30, Varnish Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008                       Juried Annual, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

2007                       Mash-Up, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA

2006                       American Mythology, Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, CA

2006                       Peep! Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA

2004                       Cross Country Exhibition, Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal, Quebec

2004                       In-Direction, Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, ON

2004                       Emergence, Material Matters Gallery, Toronto, ON

 

Awards

2017                       Nominated for the Ivan Borowsky Prize. University Of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2016                       Honorable Mention, G.A.S. International student online exhibition, Seattle WA

2015                       1st Place, G.A.S. International student online exhibition, Seattle WA

2015                       Emerging Voices Award Nomination, American Craft Council, MN

2014                       The Glass Prize, Honorable Mention, Warmglass, UK

2011                       Niche Awards Finalist, Niche Magazine, Philadelphia, PA

2010                       Merit Award, Buyers Market of American Craft, Baltimore, MD

2006                       George and Dorothy Saxe Merit Scholarship, Oakland, CA

2004                       Betty Cantor Silent Night Award, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

2004                       1st place, Art For life Art Auction, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2002                       Honorable Mention, International Student Exhibition, Glass Art Society, Holland

 

Professional Residencies

2017                       Artists in Residence,  Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2016                       Refugee Artists in Residence, Leitchtag Foundation, Encinitas, CA

2014                       Winter Residency,  Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2013-2014            Artist in Residence,  Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

2009-2012            Resident Artist,1 D&L Glass Art Supply, Denver, CO

2009                       Kiln Casting Residency,  North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland

 

Exhibition Catalogs

2017                       Young Glass 2017, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, DK

2017                       Transparency: An LGBTQ Exhibition, National Liberty Museum. Philadelphia, PA

2016                       44th annual International Glass Invitational Catalog, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2015                       The Creative Process, 43rd annual International Glass Invitational Catalog, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2015                       MFA 2015, Alfred University, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies, Alfred, NY

2015                       The Next: A studio Glass Movement Continuum, Tower Fine Art, Brockport, NY

 

Teaching Experience and Workshops Given

2018                       Beginning Kiln Casting. Pittsburg Glass Center. Pittsburg, PA.

2017                       Casting 101. Public Glass. San Francisco. CA

2016-2017            Beginning Glass Blowing Workshops. Public Glass. San Francisco. CA

2016                       Refugee Artists in Residence Coordinator, Leitchtag Foundation, Encinitas, CA

2015                       Alfred University, Instructor of Record, Beginning Glass, Alfred, NY

2013                       Appalachian Center for Craft, Instructor, Beginning Beadmaking I, Smithville TN

2013                       Appalachian Center for Craft, Instructor, Beginning Beadmaking II, Smithville TN

2011                       University of Colorado, Instructor, Intro to Kiln Casting, Denver, CO

 

Teaching Assistant Experience

2016                       Aesa Bjork, Pilchuck Glass School, “Fail Better,” Session 4, Stanwood, WA

2016                       Sarah Blood, Alfred University, “Intro. To Casting,” Fall Semester. Alfred, NY

2015                       Karen Donellan, Alfred University, “Intro. To Casting,” Fall Semester. Alfred, NY

2014                       Shaun Griffiths, Alfred University, “Intro. To Glass,” Spring Semester, Alfred, NY

2013                       Danny White, Appalachian Center for Craft, “Glass Sculpting,” Smithville TN

2012                       Narcissus Quagliata, D&L Art Glass Supply, “On Commissions,” Denver, CO

2011                       Milon Townsend, D&L Art Glass Supply, Flameworking Figures, Denver, CO

2011                       Patty Gray, D&L Art Glass Supply, Advanced Fusing, Denver, CO

2010                       Milon Townsend, D&L Art Glass Supply, Lost Wax Casting, Denver, CO

2010                       Milon Townsend, D&L Art Glass Supply, “Large-Scale Flameworking” Denver, CO

2010                       Patty Gray, D&L Art Glass Supply, Denver, CO

2010                       Patty Gray, D&L Art Glass Supply, Denver, CO

2010                       Kent Lauer, D&L Art Glass Supply, Denver, CO

2006                       Pamina Traylor, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2005                       Pamina Traylor, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

 

Lectures Given

2017                       Artist In Residence Lecture. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL

2015                       The Glass Gathering, Lecture. “Cast Glass and Optics” Sheridan College, Oakville, ON

2014                       Arizona Glass Alliance, Featured Lecture, “Glass and Light” Phoenix, AZ

2013       Washington Glass School, Experimental Photography Demo, Mt. Rainer, MD

 

Related Professional Experience

2016                       Casting Studio Coordinator, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2015                       Kiln Studio Coordinator, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2015                       Coldshop Coordinator, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2013                       Pilchuck Glass School, Poleturner, Stanwood, WA

2013                       Living Design Studios, Metal Fabricator, Boulder, CO

2009-12                D&L Art Glass Supply, Coordinator for glass workshops, Denver, CO

2008                       Nikolas Weinstein Studios, Coldworking, Cold Fabrication, San Francisco, CO

2005-07                David Ruth Glass Sculpture Studio, Manager, Coldworking, Oakland, CO

2007                       Moñvera Glass Décor, Manager- Glass etching, painting, Oakland, CA

2006-08                Founding Member, Firehouse Collective Art Studios, Berkeley, CA

2006                       Charlie Jenkins Glass Studio. Mold Blowing. Oakland, CA

2001-04                Assistant for David Tai Glass, The Harbourfront Centre. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Additional Specialized Educational Courses Taken

2016                       Rafael Lomas, “Creativity” leitchtag Foundation, Encinitas, CA

2013                       Narcissus Quagliata, “On Commissions” D&L Art Glass, Denver, CO

2008                       Robert Mickelson, “The Figure in Glass”, Revere Glass School, Berkeley, CA

2007                       Barney Haynes. “INTERFACE – New Media and Art,” California College of the Arts, CA

2006                       Raul Cabra, “Oaxifornia,” Summer Course, Ceramics, Oaxaca, Mex 

2004                       James Mongrain & Jonathon Christy, “Blown Venetian Techniques,” New Orleans, LA

2004                       Debora Moore, “Working Off Center” Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1999                       Sally Prasch, “The Basics of Flameworking,” Urban Glass, New York, NY

Joshua Hershman Description

Originally from Colorado, Joshua Hershman was born in 1981 and first began working with glass at the age of 17. In 2004, he graduated from the prominent Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. In 2008, he went on to earn a BFA with Distinction from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. Most recently, he was invited to attend the Master’s program at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, in the Sculptural/Dimensional Studies program.

With a background in craft and design, Hershman uses his dynamic range of skills including flameworking, glass blowing, coldworking, and casting to create highly detailed, innovative, and thought provoking sculpture. Joshua was raised in a socially conscious household, where artistic paths were fostered from an early age. Being born with no peripheral vision or depth perception, decades of vision therapy led him to have a lifelong fascination with the complex nature of the visual system as well as the science of light and optics. By using cameras themselves as frames for his experimental photographic processes, Hershman asks us to look more closely into the simple act of taking a photograph. His work focuses on the significance that film and photography have played on the development of contemporary global culture, and shows how the complex nature of our image-based society is constantly being redefined by the lens.

Over the past 16 years, Hershman has worked closely with several internationally recognized artists, and has exhibited at SOFA Chicago, ArtHamptons, and The Armory Show. His work has received numerous awards, was included in the Bullseye e-merge 2010 international glass competition, and is part of many national and international private collections. Hershman has been invited to participate in several Artist-in-Residence programs including: North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, D&L Art Glass in Colorado, and the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. He taught casting at the University of Colorado, and has lectured at many academic and creative institutions throughout the United States. Most recently, Joshua has been nominated by the American Craft Council for the first ever Emerging Voices Award.

Joshua Hershman Statement

Since early childhood, I experienced the world without peripheral vision or depth perception. Through the process of correcting my vision, I came to know the intimate nature of my own visual process. Through the journey from first experiencing the world as a flat plane without depth, to eventually learning how to see in three-dimensions, I was transformed by going from near blindness to clear vision. This crossing from one boundary to another continues to influence my work, and the way I interpret the world today. Using the camera to examine the complex phenomena of visual perception, light is distorted or focused to mimic my abnormal way of seeing the world. During this process, the simple act of looking is revealed as one of the most complicated and counterintuitive processes in nature.

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